This past Thursday, April 19, was Yom Hashoah, a Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust-a day to pay respects to the six million Jewish victims of the holocaust. In order to commemorate this event, Wittenberg University brought Abe Price, a Holocaust concentration camp survivor and grandfather of Wittenberg student Jonny Price, to campus to speak. This event was sponsored by the Provost’s Office and the Jewish Culture Club. The Jewish Culture Club, led by freshman Jordan Grant, wanted to hold a meaningful service for the campus, not only to remember the many Jewish victims, but to remind Wittenberg of the importance of preserving our humanity. Price presented “Unthinkable: A Feat to Freedom,” in which he shared his experiences from being in multiple labor and concentration camps, including the infamous death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
First taken from his home in Poland in 1939, at the age of 16, he worked in several labor camps; in a factory, quarrying stone, and building highways. He escaped from all of these a combined six times; then, in 1944, he was sent to the enormous Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. In 1945, on a death march, he escaped from his Nazi captors and joined Soviet police in freeing other concentration camps. Four months later, Price married his wife of 63 years, Sala, after she was freed from a camp in the Czech Republic, having known her only two weeks. His brother Charles was liberated from a camp in Germany, but sadly, 200 members of Price’s family, including his parents, were killed.
Today, Price resides in Naples, Florida, and he speaks to many students around the country every year about his “six years of hell,” in hopes of ensuring that this horror never repeats itself. He has written two books about his experiences and survival, Memoirs of a Survivor: My Life Under Nazi Occupation and Tamed by an Angel.
For those interested, the Jewish Culture Club, which co-sponsored this event, is always welcoming new members to join. Look for them on Facebook and help support them, so they can continue to make Wittenberg a better place with their activities.
(Steven La Count / email@example.com)